Plumbers are well-trained professionals who install and repair plumbing systems in residential and commercial properties. Plumbers design and inspect plumbing systems, perform diagnostics and ensure compliance with regulatory codes.

Career Details

Successful plumbers know how to work alone without supervision and fix problems quickly and efficiently. Daily, plumbers perform duties that include reading and interpreting blueprints, fitting and repairing household appliances, and cutting, welding, and assembling pipes. And plumbers have excellent knowledge of water supply, heating, and ventilation systems. 

In South Africa, you do not need a college degree to become a plumber, but industry-recognized training is required to become a qualified plumber. And you must also pass the trade test to become a qualified plumber and then you are allowed to register with the plumbing industry registration board.

Skills required for this career:
  • Good interpersonal skills and patience
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Mechanical skills
  • Safety skills
Study options:
  • National Certificate: Plumbing N1-N3 Health
  • Public Utilities
  • Government departments
  • Shipbuilding or aircraft construction companies
  • Self-employment 
  • Businesses